I’m feeling the creative buzz. However, I’m also feeling the lazy ass sludge. It’s just past midnight - exactly halfway through my shift (6pm-6am). It’s been a quiet night (*knock wood* - that’s for YOU AT&T!!), and I could easily undoc the laptop and move out to the garage studio.
well, ok, not that easy. Make sure all stuff on the laptop is set for laptop screen only, not three screens as it is now. Undock. Find wireless mouse. Move to garage. Pick up both home phone and work cell phone. move them to the garage. Start hauling gear - tripod, camera, lenses, new muslin… (the only thing I keep in the garage are the containers with my backdrops and my lights).
Start hauling shit out to play around with : christmas lights, glasswear, shoes (my oldest has two pairs of AWESOME hand painted shoes I want to photograph before she wears them). Last time I did this, I suddenly had an urge to photograph my son’s pipe drum with my lensbaby. I tend not to haul small stuff ;)
So now, do I go with the creative urge or go with the lazy urge.. time will tell, I suppose… I need some better locks in the garage so I can start leaving my gear out there and I’d be more apt to go out.
How is it that they’re the only courier company that I ever get charged a “brokerage fee” with.
I ordered a new muslin backdrop last week and picked up a portable telescopic stand the next day (both from eBay, both were the same price within a few cents)
Backdrop arrives via USPS at my door this morning. No fees, no charges. Stand is coming in tomorrow from UPS, $5.92 in charges (tax and stuff, no biggie), just shy of $50 in brokerage fees. I asked the nice fellow on the phone what my options were if I didn’t want to use them. My options were to go to Vancouver and clear it through customs on my own. sigh… out came the visa
You know what’s funny? I seriously don’t have any issue with being charged tax at the border. I have very litte issue with being charged brokerage fees. Someone’s doing a job, someone needs to get paid for it. My issue remains that it’s only EVER UPS. Purolator, FedEx, DHL… never. How is it, time and time again, that they’re the only ones charging the big fee to clear things?? I do need to remember to ask what people use for shipping and refuse to buy stuff that goes through UPS :(
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OMG, I’ve become an “Empty Nest” mom. My oldest is 21, she’s going into her fourth and last year of college this year. Sure, she’s been out of the house three years already (she’s about 3.5 hours from home) but somehow it’s not the same as “moving out”. When school is involved, it makes it different… but she’s still not here and the house isn’t quite the same.
My middle is 19 and just moved out for the first time and in with her boyfriend. Oddly, I’m ok with the whole ‘living with the boyfriend’ thing, and she’s only moved to the downtown core. I worry about the money - she and the boyfriend are both first year college students. She’s got money in the bank from the settlement from her Dad’s death in 2001, but realistically that won’t last long with a $1300/m rent plus phone/cable/power/food…
My youngest is 17. Yes, he’s still at home. However, at 17 he’s really not home a lot and is in the middle of his multiple entrance exams for the Reserves.
This weekend, however, the boy is hanging out with his sister at her new place and man, this house feels dead. Seriously, dead. No life. The soul that made it “our home” just isn’t here.
Though married now, I spent way too many years as a single mom. Too many years (that I adored) where my life was 100% my kids. We’re close - crazy close - and I love it. People notice it, it’s raised awesome kids… it’s just who we are. I’m not certain who I am without that.
I’m working some wonky shifts this month doing vacation coverage, but I really feel I need some me-time on my days off to just sit around and contemplate this.. does that sound silly? Taking time, going out, to figure out who I am without the kids?
When the kids hit those teen-aged years where they were out more and more, I enjoyed spending a lot of time just hanging out with myself. I bought a hunting blind and would just go and sit in various provincial parks and wetlands watching the wildlife. I didn’t always get good pictures, but just being there alone with myself and my camera put my brain in a whole different place. I need to get back into that. Looking through my pictures I realize it’s been over two years since I just went out with my camera and me. Not for an event, not for a kid-function… just to be out.
Well, that’s my mindless ramble. Although all the kids aren’t gone, it’s getting close and I’m not sure who I am without them and I need to find that out before they are all officially gone.
My oldest got two pairs of stunning hand painted shoes for her birthday. We want pictures before she wears them.
Also, my middle is moving out in a week. She’s asked that I provide the pictures for the new place. I’ve got some nice outdoors ones - parks, mountains, wildlife, buildings… but I’d like to set up a few two that just scream “her”.
I wonder how I can swing it to take six months or so off but get full pay? haha. dream on.
I spent three glorious days in 32 degree (C) weather camping in a tent just outside of Banff National Park. Solitude, trees, mountains… and no camera!
In the past years we’ve had rain storms, August snow storms, and hurricane force winds. It just got more and more dangerous having my gear in a tent. I figured this year I wouldn’t spend the weekend worrying about it… and it was beautiful out!
I missed the sun-set over Mount Rundle. The Richardson’s ground squirrels very close up. The green. The rock. The wood… ARGH. The whole weekend, instead of being 100% relaxed was spent going “OOH! there’s a shot there!” “oooh, that’d be awesome..”
Maybe next year I’ll pick up a point-and-shoot camera.